February 19, 2021 The Tattooist (Short Movie Review)
Tattoos have never been more socially accepted than now: everyone from grandmas to grandkids are getting inked. With painted people making up most of the population, not having any tattoos is considered unusual. But whether or not you do, in much less time than it takes to get a piece of skin art comes the new short Horror film The Tattooist.
From Malaysian Director Michael Wong (The Story of 90 coins 2015), The Tattooist tells a completely dark and torturous story in a little over a minute. Already a winner of many awards and accolades from Canada’s Bloody Horror International Film Festival, Horrorhaus Film Festival in LA, Canada’s Terror in the Bay Film Festival, and Diabolical Horror Film Festival, plus being a nominee at Vancouver’s Badass Film Festival, this flurry of visual ink packs a bloody punch.
Yanhu Wang makes his acting debut as the sociopathic ‘tattooist’ who inflicts maximum pain on his customers, Platinum and ‘the screaming girl’ (Myra Mala: Wulin Dahui 2017, Abduction 2019) painting his studio in their blood.
Sharing similar themes with 2005’s Hostel, 2004’s Saw, as well as 2007’s The Tattooist and shot in a single camera perspective, The Tattooist is a quick Horror fix that wil brighten up your coffee break, quicken your heart, plus leave you begging for more. It certainly makes you yearn for a full feature-length version by Wong and his fresh cast, who all show great promise for their futures. Because of this, Cryptic Rock highly recommends The Tattooist and gives it 5 out of 5 stars.